Government and Policy

Policy Intern

10-20 hoursPhiladelphiaSpring Semester


The Office of the Deputy Managing Director for Health & Human Services (HHS) is looking for policy interns for Spring 2018. HHS is responsible for promoting the well-being of Philadelphia residents by coordinating efforts to promote health and expand access to social services across the following departments: Public Health, Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility, Homeless Services, Human Services, and Community Empowerment & Opportunity. HHS facilitates cross-departmental communication and the implementation of data-informed interventions. You can learn more about HHS by visiting

This position is a great opportunity for students seeking a career in government, policy or lobbying. Interns spend the semester getting a closer look at the operations of government and improving their policy development skills.

We are looking for interns to work part time (12-15 hours/week) in our office, from August through December, flexibility on start and end dates dependent on academic term start and ends dates. We need students who are organized, hardworking, self-motivated, and very strong writers to help support the office’s work – including performing research and writing memos for the development of new policies and positions and the implementation of programs for the City administration, particularly in the areas of homelessness, behavioral health, child welfare, anti-poverty, and public health. Examples of former intern projects include researching how different cities approach addiction treatment and identifying best practices for effective after-school programs.

This opportunity is ideal for learning about municipal operations, politics, public service, public relations, community organizing, policy development, program management, and teamwork. Those studying government, political science, economics, and/or communications are encouraged to apply. We’re looking for a ‘team player’ with an enthusiasm for learning new skills while utilizing existing professional talents to assist with our office operation.

The position is unpaid.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume to Stephen Perrotti at


1. Candidate must be a multi-tasker who can think independently, creatively, and quickly. A detail-oriented work style in this fast-paced environment is a must.
2. Candidate must have excellent writing, research, and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
3. Candidate must have excellent phone skills, a professional demeanor, and a good sense of humor.
4. Students in graduate programs or seniors in undergraduate preferred.